Shelley Thorstensen

Shelley Thorstensen has expertise in all printmaking techniques. Her work is part deep personal archive, part printmaking evangelism, woven together in fabric of color, metaphor and commentary. Art critic Edward Sozanski wrote of her work “The ease with which she combines these processes and exploits their individual strengths gives her prints uncommon presence and, more often than not, transcendent beauty”.

Recent solo shows include: As Above, Wagner College, Field Studies: The Scheme of Things, University of the Arts, Since the River Spoke at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, This the Smoke from when the Horses Left at the Painted Bride, Counterpoint: The Leap from Vision to Print at Woodmere Art Museum and The Preponderance of Evidence at The Print Center.

Shelley currently teaches printmaking at Tyler School of Art. Her work can be seen at Dolan/Maxwell ( and is collected across the U.S., Europe and Japan. She is a past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA).


Women’s Studio Workshop Alumnae

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